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Non-prescription Medicines

Fourth edition

Alan Nathan - Freelance pharmacy writer and consultant, London, UK

Non-prescription Medicines is the only publication in the UK that deals with available OTC medicines comprehensively and in depth.

This new edition has been revised and updated to reflect amendments in legal category status of several products from prescription-only (POM) to pharmacy sale (P) status.

Over-the-counter (OTC) medicines currently available in the UK are reviewed in alphabetically arranged chapters on the conditions that they are licensed to treat. 44 common conditions are covered and new chapters on Chlamydia, Obesity and Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia have been added.

Each chapter includes:

  • an introduction to the condition
  • detailed description of the available products, including mode of action, side-effects, cautions and contraindications, interactions and dosage
  • product selection points
  • product recommendations.

This vital resource will enable pharmacists, GPs, nurses and other healthcare professionals to make well-informed recommendations and to give sound advice to their patients.

Non-prescription Medicines is also available as an eBook.

1. Acne
2. Athlete's Foot
3. Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia
4. Cardiovascular Medicines
5. Chlamydia (Chlamydia Trachomatis Infection)
6. Colds
7. Cold Sores
8. Constipation
9. Corns and Calluses
10. Cough
11. Cradle Cap
12. Cystitis
13. Dandruff and Seborrhoeic Dermatitis
14. Diarrhoea
15. Dry Skin
16. Ear Problems
17. Emergency Hormonal Contraception
18. Fungal Nail Infection (onychomycosis)
19. Eye Conditions
20. Haemorrhoids
21. Hay Fever
22. Headlice
23. Indigestion
24. Insect Bites and Stings
25. Irritable Bowel Syndrome
26. Irritant and Allergic Dermatitis and Mild Eczema
27. Migraine
28. Motion Sickness
29. Mouth Ulcers
30. Nappy Rash
31. Obesity Management
32. Oral Thrush
33. Pain
34. Pattern Baldness
35. Premenstrual Syndrome
36. Scabies
37. Smoking Cessation Products
38. Sore Throat
39. Temporary Sleep Disturbance
40. Threadworm and Roundworm
41. Vaginal Candidiasis
42. Vaginitis and Vaginal Dryness
43. Verrucas
44. Warts

Adobe PDF Sample chapter (67 KB)

Updates to Non-prescription Medicines, 4th edn will be posted here.

Updates will include information on new products, including new POM to P reclassifications; discontinuations; and any new and significant clinical evidence or other clinical information relating to medicines in the book.

In order to view the PDF files, Acrobat Reader should be installed on your computer.

June 2015 update

December 2014 update

December 2013 update

June 2013 update

December 2012 update

June 2012 update

December 2011 update

June 2011 update

December 2010 update

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ISBN 978 0 85369 886 9

Published Jun 2010

234 x 156mm (320pp)